Arkansas Crime

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza will hear the start of a trial today of Darell Dennis, an eight-time parole absconder, accused of murdering an 18-year-old man weeks after he was released on parole in 2013.

The incident led to greater restrictions in the state’s parole system.  University of Arkansas at Fayetteville law professor Laurent Sacharoff spoke with KUAR about reforms that had preceded the murder and were redirected afterwards.

James Clay
Delaware State Police

A Delaware man charged last month in a 1967 Arkansas killing is fighting extradition. 

At a hearing Tuesday in Georgetown, Delaware,67-year-old James Clay's attorney questioned a filing by Arkansas authorities, arguing that it was not notarized.

The judge in the case gave the defense until next week to file papers challenging the state's authority to hold Clay in custody. After that another hearing will be set.

Clay is charged in the 1967 shooting death of James Ricks of North Little Rock.

Garland County authorities say a Hot Springs man wanted for questioning about stolen dynamite and other explosives has been arrested.

The county sheriff's office said Wednesday that 38-year-old Jeremy Allen Bassford was arrested Tuesday afternoon for parole violation and 84 counts of stolen explosives. He is being held without bond. Details of the arrest were not released.

Jeff Rosenzweig

Seven death row inmates in Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court to challenge a law Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Monday. It allows the state to perform executions by injection without revealing the drugs it is using.

Attorney for the inmates, Jeff Rosenzweig, says such a provision is unconstitutional since the state made an agreement in 2013 to disclose the injection drug types.

John Glasgow
Arkansas Business

The cause of death of a Little Rock businessman whose skeletal remains were found on Petit Jean Mountain is expected to be released to law enforcement next week.

Cindy Moran at the Arkansas State Crime Lab told KTHV that the state medical examiner is finalizing the report on the death of John Glasgow.

Glasgow disappeared in January 2008. His skull was found March 11 by hikers in the park and other bone fragments and skeletal remains have since been located.

A bill designed to restart executions in the Arkansas by allowing an alternative lethal injection procedure and hiding the source of the drugs was endorsed by a Senate panel.

The Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs advanced the bill to the full Senate in a voice vote Tuesday. It would allow the Department of Correction to use a combination of three drugs or a barbiturate for executions. The agency would also be barred from releasing who makes or supplies the drugs.

An Arkansas House committee has supported a plan to help restart executions in the state by allowing different drugs to be used in lethal injections and to shield where those chemicals come from.

The House Judiciary Committee sent the bill to the House on a voice vote on Tuesday. It would allow the Department of Correction to either use a barbiturate or a combination of three drugs for executions. The agency would also be barred from releasing who makes or supplies the drugs.

Talk Business & Politics

With the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling this past week declaring the state’s lethal injection procedures as constitutional, executions in Arkansas are set to move forward after a decade of being on hold.

Hurdles Remain To Resume Arkansas Death Penalty Process

Mar 23, 2015

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision upholding a 2013 lethal injection law clears a major hurdle to resuming the death penalty in a state that hasn't executed an inmate in a decade. But the path is by no means clear for capital punishment to make a return to Arkansas. A narrowly divided court overturned a Pulaski County judge's ruling that the Legislature's most-recent rewrite of Arkansas' execution law violated the state constitution by allowing the Correction Department to decide which barbiturate to use when putting inmates to death.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Mayor Mark Stodola said in his annual "State of the City" address that juvenile crime will be a continuing challenge for Little Rock.

City Administrators and community members heard from Stodola inside the foyer of the new 12th street police station. He pointed to the new confines as one symbolic achievement of the last year.

“It also represents making good on a commitment, a comitment to public safety, a comitment to place, a comitment to our midtown neighborhoods south of Interstate 630,” he said.